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Aug 5 / Geoffrey Nathan

More on the sad Aaron Swartz Case

After Aaron Swartz committed suicide a few months ago the uproar led MIT to commission an internal inquiry. It released its findings a couple of days ago (in and around the controversy swirling around the NSA and its various programs). While they conclude that MIT didn’t actually do anything wrong, they suggest that they might have acted differently:

http://chronicle.com/article/In-Swartz-Case-World-Didnt/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/tech/web/mit-report-swartz

http://www.ecampusnews.com/policy/legislation/mit-releases-report-on-aaron-swartz-case-finds-no-wrongdoing-on-its-part/

Larry Lessig suggests that MIT is ducking its actual responsibilities:

http://www.lessig.org/2013/07/the-mit-report-on-aaronsw/

JSTOR (the source of the data that Swartz was downloading and ‘freeing’ also had a statement:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/jstor-releases-documents-and-summary-of-its-role-in-swartz-case/45185?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

A couple of months ago Techdirt discovered that the prosecution of Swartz was likely politically motivated, incidentally:

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130223/02284022080/doj-admits-it-had-to-put-aaron-swartz-jail-to-save-face-over-arrest.shtml

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